06/09/2009 11:00PM

Rosada continues comeback at Hastings


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Rosada will try to rebound from a dull performance when she tackles a well matched field of fillies and mares in the feature race at Hastings on Friday. The third-level allowance race, which carries a $50,000 claiming option, drew five horses and goes as the seventh race.

Rosada, a 4-year-old who is trained by Barb Heads, will be making her second start of the year in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint. She had been off for exactly one year when she was sent off as the odds-on favorite in a first-level allowance race here on May 17. Rosada broke slowly and never really got involved, finishing a well-beaten fifth. Heads is expecting a better effort from Rosada on Friday.

"I probably had her a little too sharp for the race," said Heads. "There was a bit of a communication problem when she worked 45 and change a few days before the race and it really put her on her toes. We're taking the blinkers off and she was very relaxed for her latest work."

Heads was referring to Rosada's four-furlong move in 51 seconds last Sunday.

In her only start in 2008, Rosada finished second to Dancing Allstar in the Emerald Downs Stakes at Hastings. As a 2-year-old she won two races, including the $54,000 Lassie Stakes. Fernando Perez retains the mount.

Rosada has tactical speed and she'll need to use it to stay in touch with Yoorock Gal.

Trained by Rob Gilker, Yoorock Gal drew the rail and could be dangerous if she breaks alertly. In her first start at the meet she broke in the air and then rushed up to contest a quick pace in a $75,000 optional race on May 23. Not surprisingly, she faded when the real running started. The second-place finisher, Wind Storm, came back to win the Brighouse Belles by over six lengths last Sunday. Yoorock Gal's lone win in 2008 was in a 6 1/2-furlong $50,000 optional claiming race on July 20. Dave Wilson rides Yoorock Gal.

Alberta stakes winners Bears Artiste and Broken Hearted have been entered by trainer Dale Greenwood. Bears Artiste was voted the champion 3-year-old filly in Alberta last year and she is coming off of a third-place finish in the Sales Stakes at Northlands Park May 23. Both horses are owned by Bear Stables but will run as separate betting interests.

Restless Lady came from off the pace to win a $25,000 optional race on May 24 and might be good enough to stand the jump in class.